After a big weekend in Iowa City, recruiting is staying hot for Kirk Ferentz and the Hawkeyes. Iowa picked up pledges from Mississippi wide receiver Brandon Smith and Illinois safety Camron Harrell on Sunday and Monday the “Swarm ’17” has added an another.
— Gavin Holmes3️⃣ (@Gavin_Holmes23) June 27, 2016
Gavin Holmes, 5-foot-11, 178-pound prospect out of Northwest High School in Justin, is a former Duke commitment, though that verbal pledge lasted only 16 days. The Iowa native and 3-star wideout was offered by the Hawkeyes in mid-May and, according to HawkeyeInsider.com publisher Derek Young, he’s a player that may be a bit underrated nationally.
“Holmes will likely play the slot position,” Young told Landof10.com. “He’s a smooth wide receiver with a polished game already. I’ve spoken to many involved with Texas high school football that believe he could have one of the better college careers out of all the receivers coming out of Texas in the 2017 class.”
Now the third commitment in Iowa’s class from Texas, Holmes is the second 3-star pass catcher to join the Hawkeyes in the last two days, joining Mississippi wide receiver Brandon Smith, a 3-star prospect out of Lake Cormorant. He’s the 13th 2017 commitment for the Kirk Ferentz’s progam.
Behind the scenes, Holmes has been an aggressive recruiter already for Iowa. He, along with 4-star running back Eno Benjamin have been working together to bring in a number of the Hawkeyes top targets, including Texas commitment Kobe Boyce, who some believe may be close to flipping from the Longhorns and joining Holmes in Iowa City.
Stay tuned, Hawkeyes fans. Iowa may not be done today: 3-star prospect Matt Hankins is expected to make his college decision today as well.